Great Finborough: Paedophile headteacher to appeal sentence

FORMER Suffolk headmaster Derek Slade intends to appeal against the 21-year jail term he received for more than 50 offences including child sex abuse, beatings and child pornography.

Although no hearings have been scheduled at the Court of Appeal as yet, it is understood the 61-year-old has given notice of his attempt to reduce his sentence.

At his trial Ipswich Crown Court heard how Slade, the former head of St George’s School in Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, had abused 12 boys. The attacks occurred between 1978 and 1983 when the pupils were aged between eight and 13.

The man who suffered the worst abuse said he and the other victims have been made aware of Slade’s intention to appeal against the sentence he received on September 6.

The victim said: “If his appeal is successful and he was to get a massive reduction to his sentence I can assure everybody there will be a flurry of activity from all 12 of us.

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“He is an evil piece of work and doesn’t deserve any time off his sentence.

“I consider that man a clear and present danger to British society and any other society.”

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In addition he said the victims intend to attend any parole hearings in future involving Slade, of Burton-on-Trent, to ensure those on the board understand fully the sort of predator they were dealing with.

A spokeswoman for Oslers of Stowmarket, who represented Slade during his trial, said it would not be confirming or denying any information regarding an appeal.

Slade had admitted 15 indecent assaults and five assaults on boys, along with 17 child porn offences involving 4,486 indecent images. He also admitted possessing a false passport. At his trial he was convicted of three offences of buggery, four other indecent assaults and six further charges of actual bodily harm.

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